Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Italian Restaurants in Brighton

Our top picks

Renowned as a venue for many an occasion, Al Duomo is centrally positioned right next to the historic Royal Pavilion and caters for small and intimate, while also having the capacity for the grand and the elaborate. Set over 5 different floors,  Al Duomo Italian restaurant is the longest serving Italian ristorante since 1991. Their versatile menu ranges from bruschetta to calamari fritti and risotto alla marinara to caprino pizza. Chefs at Al Duomo use the freshest ingredients and cooking every dish from scratch, so you can expect the real Italian deal here.

Situated in the charming delights of Brighton’s bohemian village, Kemptown, Woodbox Pizza serves authentic Neapolitan pizza, using dough that has proved for over 24 hours and fresh Sussex ingredients to create real-deal pizzas. The small restaurant is social and relaxed, with a great selection of wines provided by Butler’s Wine Cellar, also in Kemptown. Dog-friendly, family-friendly and not just for locals, Woodbox is a destination for those in the mood for good food and company at a more relaxed pace.

One of the dons of the Italian Restaurant Brighton scene is open 7 days a week from 11.30 am to 11.30 pm and is great for all sorts of occasions; whether it is for a romantic get together, a group of friends starting a night out or for business lunch or diner. As an Italian family-run business, they pride themselves on authenticity and the warm spirit of Italian hospitality and this is almost certainly felt here. Quality ingredients are prepared daily at Donatello, serving customers fresh and authentic Italian dishes.

Serving you a slice of Naples on Brighton’s West Street, NuPosto Pizzeria brings you the real deal Italian pizza with all the smells of authentic Italy. The dough is fermented for over 24 hours to give a soft chewy base that is the perfect platform for rich tomato sauce and fresh melt-in-the-mouth mozzarella that is delivered from Napoli twice a week.Situated towards the bottom of West Street and next to the cinema, Brighton Centre and Churchill Square shopping centre, NuPosto is ideally situated for pre or post-shopping dining.

Eatalio is a recently new addition to Brighton’s Italian food scene, and is located on Queens Road, about a 5 min walk from the station near Brighton’s clock tower. Inspired by the simple, yet healthy food served from the street carts in Italy, Eatalio provides affordable, grab and go food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Operating out of a vintage Fiat van, the team behind Cin Cin Brighton, toured the festival and events circuit serving stunning and elegant Italian dishes. In 2016 they settled to life in Brighton at their unique 18 seater bar and kitchen. Serving the same exquisite dishes, drinks and with a passion for superb service, Cin Cin has become one of the city’s must try venues. In 2017 they opened their second venue in Hove which has been an equal success story and in our opinion, Cin Cin’s food just keeps getting better!

Fatto a Mano Hove have taken the city of Brighton & Hove by storm with their simple and delicious Italian fare and pizzas. The main menu is supplemented by ever-changing specials and all of their dishes are created right in front of your eyes. Fatto a Mano have recently created a gluten free base that is as good as their original and offer vegetarian and vegan options.

Where plant meets pizza. Purezza is Pizzeria in Kemptown that serves pizzas that are not only vegan but nearly 100% gluten free. It’s much lower in calories; pizzas are between 480 – 620 calories. Compared to a ‘typical’ pizza, from a fast food chain or supermarket, this is the equivalent of just 2 or 3 slices.

Morelli Zorelli brings you a true taste of Italy, using both artisan and genuine Italian ingredients and is quickly making its mark as a serious contender as one of the best pizzerias in Brighton and Hove. We are talking seriously big Italian flavour, from a smallish but perfectly formed menu using a 150 year old Sardinian sourdough.

VIP

Small and independently owned the VIP Italian Pizzeria restaurant and café is as affordable as they come and is thriving favourite in the Italian restaurant Brighton scene. Located centrally on the Old Steine this venue serves a great value Italian pizza as well as serving as an Italian Deli-Café (Italian cheeses & salamis). Naples inspired Italian cuisine. Always busy so get there early!

Fully licensed or BYO, Si Signore is located on Sydney Street in Brighton’s North Laine. Described as a café and restaurant, this intimate little venue has a great following in this trendy part of bohemian Brighton. Renowned for their great service and family atmosphere. Here nothing is too much trouble and you will be greeted in a typical Italian way, like long lost friends.

Casalingo offers authentic Italian cuisine on Preston Street in Brighton. Well known for a relaxed and social atmosphere, this Italian restaurant has a knack for delivering an Italian inspired vibe, using truly authentic recipes and fresh ingredients. Open every evening from 5 pm, 7 days a week, Casalingo offers a true taste of the Italian lifestyle.

Offering fresh seasonal and innovative dishes, Otello in Hove has been part of the Hove restaurant scene for some time now. Described as Italian haute cuisine, this Italian inspired menu has a strong Mediterranean influence along with strong authentic Italian dishes. Otello brings you a reasonably priced menu and an open plan kitchen in a traditional Italian style.

Situated very centrally opposite the Pavilion Gardens, the Dome, the Corn exchange and the Theatre Royal. Pinocchio’s is an ideal Italian restaurant to pop into pre or post theatre, and it is one of those restaurants that always seems busy and yet always has room. Part of a small group of Italian restaurants, namely Donatello’s and Fat Leo’s. Generous portion sizes and keen prices makes this great for group get togethers.

Fully licensed or BYO, Si Signore is located on Sydney Street in Brighton’s North Laine. Described as a café and restaurant, this intimate little venue has a great following in this trendy part of bohemian Brighton. Renowned for their great service and family atmosphere. Here nothing is too much trouble and you will be greeted in a typical Italian way, like long lost friends.

A relative newcomer to the Italian restaurant Brighton and Hove scene, and one which we have only discovered on the Restaurants Brighton grapevine. A great addition to this part of Hove and a Italian restaurant described as friendly, charming, affordable and we hear their posh pizza is pretty good. 

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